Our match prediction:
Villa Park will host a relegation six-pointer as Aston Villa take on Norwich City. The Villans simply cannot move from the bottom of the Premier League, but they do have a realistic chance to secure their second home triumph this season, given the fact that they are undefeated in their six previous home fixtures against the Carrow Road outfit (W3 D3). Remi Garde’s charges are on a three-match undefeated streak on home turf, but have been struggling to find the net at Villa Park, with less than a goal per game on average. The Canaries are in serious trouble; with five consecutive defeats and seventeen conceded goals in the spell, they find themselves one place above the relegation zone. Alex Neil’s charges lost seven of their previous eight away encounters, failing to produce a goal in four of them. Bearing in mind the inefficiency of both teams, one cannot hope for a spectacle in the upcoming clash. This is why we predict a close, low-scoring match, while giving a slight advantage to Villa.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.